Identifying the next great charity ideas.
Only a small number of charities are amongst the most effective in the world. We continually profile and study these rare organizations, so that we can help launch more of them.
Our team conducts thousands of hours of research each year to identify the most exciting new charity ideas. We prioritize cost-effectiveness, impartial evidence, and exceptional levels of expected impact.
We publish detailed reports on the top 3-5 ideas for peer review and then recruit, train and fund aspiring entrepreneurs to bring them into reality.
TOP IDEAS TO START IN 2023
An organization that addresses antimicrobial resistance by advocating for better (pull) funding mechanisms to drive the development and responsible use of new antimicrobials.
An advocacy organization that promotes academic guidelines to restrict potentially harmful “dual-use” research.
A charity that rolls out dual HIV/syphilis rapid diagnostic tests, penicillin, and training to antenatal clinics, to effectively tackle congenital syphilis at scale in low-and middle-income countries.
An organization that distributes Oral Rehydration Solution and zinc co-packages to effectively treat life-threatening diarrhea in under five year olds in low-and middle-income countries.
A charity that builds healthcare capacity to provide “Kangaroo Care”, an exceptionally simple and cost-effective treatment, to avert hundreds of thousands of newborn deaths each year in low-and middle-income countries.
An organization that aims to reduce stock-outs of contraceptives and other essential medicines by improving the way they are delivered and managed within public health facilities.
OUR PAST REPORTS
To date, our research process has successfully identified 16 highly effective charity ideas across 5 vital cause areas.
We produce dozens of reports that inform our decisions about the top ideas for charities we should start. We publish them in open access to provide other researchers and organizations with useful data.
OUR RESEARCH PROCESS IN BRIEF
Our primary goal is to identify the most high-impact intervention opportunities. Our approach is to conduct increasingly deep rounds of inquiry into the ideas that survive each previous stage. Ideas that we can’t discredit move forward for further interrogation.
The process starts with inputs from across the NGO sector and academia where we collect and brainstorm hundreds of the most promising ideas worldwide per cause area.
Each idea then goes through a multiple-stage process to sort from the most to the least promising.
This process varies depending on the cause area we’re investigating in a given year and results in 3-5 ideas that we believe are exceptionally high value and plausible.
Learn more about our research process for a given year:
HOW TO DO RESEARCH THAT MATTERS
Research findings can change the world or be ignored entirely. In this talk, filmed at the EA Global conference, our Co-founder Karolina Sarek examines how to ensure your research is impactful and decision-relevant.